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So I think that it would be fair to say that I was pretty excited about all of the pieces included in the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani collection, but the thing that I needed to try out had to be the blush palette.

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It’s such a genius product which includes six blushes, so pretty much every colour you could want! Like all of the Gwen Stefani range, the packaging is to die for. The white and gold circles are so fun, and the generous sized compact fits neatly into my everyday makeup box.

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Inside are six perfect shades, all curated by Gwen herself. I just love the attention to detail – the names have all been picked out especially, and I think there is a great balance of colours. The shades range from a light baby pink (Cherry) through warm bronzes (Hush), there’s even a perfect ivory highlighter (Angel) which leaves skin looking glowy rather than glittery.

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At the moment I tend to rotate between Cherry, Easy and top off with Angel, as my skin feels super pale at the moment, but I can’t wait to get a little natural colour, so I can enjoy the bronzier shades more regularly.

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Cherry was the shade I think I was most excited about trying. In the pan, it looks like a bright, light, blue toned baby pink, and on the skin it’s just the most flattering shade. The texture of the blush is silky soft, and leaves a sheer wash of colour. Thanks to how pigmented Urban Decay’s blushes are, you only need a touch of the powder to achieve a natural, healthy glow.

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Easy (loving the name) is a really beautiful, warm-toned rose which is flecked with golden shimmer. Despite looking a little dark in the pan, this blush is a stunning natural-looking pink on the skin which is perfectly understated. It’s a perfect update if you love wearing Nars’ Orgasm, and even though it looks quite shimmery, when it’s on you’re left looking health rather than shiny.

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I feel like I’ve really gotten into highlighters recently, so seeing a shade like Angel in the palette was a bit of a god send. It’s a neutral champagne shimmer which lights up skin with a believable looking gleam. I do think this is a shade best suited to lighter skin tones, as it isn’t too gold or frosty. After completing my makeup, I’ve been sweeping a little Angel down my nose, across my cheekbones and adding a touch to my cupids’ bow. Basically this highlighter is a good night’s sleep in a pan!

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Lo-Fi is a soft bronze which is wonderful if you’re after a subtle contouring shade, or if you want to add a little warmth to your complexion. The texture of the blush was a touch firmer than the others in the palette, but it still blended out easily lending my skin a believable touch of colour.

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Hush is a medium pink, shimmer highlighter, which is a few shades deeper than Angel. If you have a medium or darker skin tone, this is the highlighter for you! I can’t wait for a bit of a tan, so I can wear this more regularly. It’s a tad deep for me to wear all over that the moment, but I’ve been using it on my eyes for a subtle touch of definition.

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OC is the final shade in the line up, and it’s a glorious pink-toned peach which has a super subtle glimmer running through it. I love a touch of OC on days when I feel my complexion needs a little refreshing. The texture of the blush is wonderfully soft and pigmented, and it blends effortlessly.

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette is priced at £35.00 (which works out at a teeny £5.00 per blush) and is available here.

 

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Ok, before I even start this review, I should probably admit to being complete, utterly and hopelessly obsessed with the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Collection. It’s just such a perfect mix of awesome products, stunning packaging and Hollywood glamour, that it’s impossible not to be a little obsessed! What I also just adore about the collection is how wearable the products are for everyday use. Even though I’m a big fan of a neutral day look, Gwen’s products are in constant rotation for me, so I thought I would start with the dinkiest piece of the collection – the Brow Box.

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To be honest, I had no idea that Urban Decay did Brow Boxes, but I’m so glad they do! They’re little chunky parcels which consist of two levels – the top containing two powders and a wax, whilst the bottom stores two of the teeniest brushes and a dinky pair of tweezers. Basically everything you need to keep your brows ‘on fleck’ even if your out and about or travelling.

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Gwen’s Brow Box is absolutely perfect for blondes – the two powders are a lighter and darker cool taupe colour, and neither contain any hints of warmth or redness, so important when creating a naturally defined looking brow!

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Using the Brow Box couldn’t be simpler – I brush my eyebrows upwards, and then brush through some of the wax. Then, using an angled brow brush, I apply the lighter shade to the start of my brows, then work the darker shade into the rest, creating a naturally defined look. The powders have the loveliest, almost buttery consistency, with great colour payoff, so you only need a light touch and a couple of seconds and your good to go!

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The little tools stored in the lower compartment of the Brow Box are just the cutest! Both of the brushes have nice stiff bristles, meaning they’re easy to control, and the golden tweezers are just amazing! Even though they look pocket-sized, they catch even the smallest of hairs, meaning you now have no excuse for messy brows!

Urban Decay’s Gwen Stefani Brow Box is limited edition, priced at £19.50 and is available here.

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Victorinox is one of my most beloved of brands. It’s definitely not a typical beauty one, but I can’t tell you how many times their luggage has saved me from packing disasters, and no matter how hard the baggage handlers try, my suitcases from the brand come out looking like brand new, with their contents safe and dry inside. So, when I learned about their new eLLa fragrance, I couldn’t wait to try it!

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Packaged in a bottle that looks like a cross between a hip flask and travel accessory, it’s a lovely subtle nod to the brand’s heritage, and bonus points for never getting lost in the depths of my handbag! The design is pretty flawless to be honest – the round disc is actually a makeup mirror which is just perfect for on-the-go touch ups!

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To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect from eLLa, but thankfully, I was happily surprised. It’s a lightweight scent which mixes notes of Kumquat, Fig Leaves and Ginger, with heart notes of Vanilla, Amber and Rosewood. This mix of fruity with almost gourmand notes gives the perfume a really unusual feel which is both wonderfully easy to wear as well feeling incredibly special. I easily got 4-6 hours wear before I felt the need to refresh with a light mist.

 

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When it comes to my daily makeup, I could be described as a little heavy handed when it comes to my eyes. Don’t worry, I don’t sport anything akin to a panda, but liner, mascara and a couple of shadows all add up, and since my eyes are incredibly sensitive, I need a real powerhouse of a makeup remover which erases every trace without leaving me irritated.

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I’ve been using Lancome’s Bi Facil eye makeup remover for years. It’s a bi phase formula which, when you want to use it, you just shake the bottle, mixing the two together. It is unscented and incredibly gentle, so all I do is shake it and pour a little onto cotton pads, and sweep over my eyes. I can’t even begin to tell you how quickly this erases every trace of black, and as well as being super effective, it’s also super gentle on skin. I use the Bi Facil for everything from cleaning up my eyeliner (a drop on a Q Tip is a magic wand) to removing full-on falsies.

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Touch of Silver is one of those brands you wonder why you haven’t fallen in love with sooner! I use their purple shampoo incredibly regularly, as it cuts through brassiness in my hair, and leaves it super soft and shiny, so, when I saw that PRO:VOKE had released these dinky little shots, I couldn’t wait to give them a shot!

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After shampooing as normal (btw the Touch of Silver shampoo smells incredible – like grape candy) I unwrapped one of the vials and got to work. You use the shot instead of your regular conditioner, and I smoothed it from root to tip. The shot has a super light texture, and Felt like it really sank in whilst I got down to business in the shower. After leaving it in for a good ten minutes, I hosed my hair down like normal, and got to work styling my hair like normal.

Although the shot doesn’t smell quite as awesome as the other Touch of Silver products I’ve tried, it really did make a noticeable difference to my hair – it felt really soft, and was far shinier than before. These are such a great, and affordable addition to your haircare regime, you have to check them out, no matter what hair colour you are!

The shots are priced at £6.99 and are available here.